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Introduction to the article by H.E. Wright Jr. and M.L. Heinselman: The ecological role of fire in natural conifer forests of western and northern North America - Introduction
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander
Publication Year: 2014

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Keyword(s):
  • boreal forest
  • BWCAW - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
  • Canada
  • conifer forests
  • Itasca State Park
  • Jackson Hole
  • lake sediments
  • Minnesota
  • Sierran conifer forests
  • succession
  • taiga
  • Wyoming
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Record Last Modified: October 12, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 18961

Description

The journal 'Fire Ecology' reprinted a classic article by Herbert Wright and Miron Heinselman, first published in 1973, that introduced a special issue of Quaternary Research. It served as the introduction to a series of symposium papers defining the role of fire in the conifer forests of northern and western North America. The paper highlighted ecological principles associated with the role of fire: fire influences the physical-chemical environment; fire controls plant species and communities; fire regulates dry-matter production and accumulation; fire determines wildlife habitat patterns and populations; fire influences insects, parasites, fungi, etc.; fire controls major ecosystem processes and characteristics. An introduction to the article is provided by Martin Alexander.

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Alexander, Martin E. 2014. Introduction to the article by H.E. Wright Jr. and M.L. Heinselman: The ecological role of fire in natural conifer forests of western and northern North America - Introduction. Fire Ecology 10(3):1-3.